|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Lineages||Nyingma and Buddhist|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Field Museum of Natural History|
Heruka (Tibetan: drag tung. English: Blood-drinker): from the Lama Gongdu Cycle of Revealed Treasure (Tibetan: ter ma) teachings of the Nyingma tradition.
Wrathful in appearance, red in colour, with three faces and six hands he embraces the consort with the first pair. The outstretched right hands hold a vase and a sword. The two left hold a trident and a skullcup. The red two-armed consort holds a skullcup and a 'damara' drum. Standing on two prone forms, a sun disc and multi-coloured lotus seat.
Eight pairs of seated semi-wrathful figures surround the central figure. At the top center is Amitabha Buddha. and at the bottom is a wrathful deity.
Sanggye Lingpa (1340-1396) discovered the 'Middling Collection of Precepts, the Gathering of the Guru's Intention' (Tibetan: ka du bar wa la ma gong pa du pa) in the great cave of Puri Rinchen Barwa in the year 1364.
Jeff Watt 11-2000 [updated 11-2010]